Gstatic.com – Is It a Virus? (Update July 2019)
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Gstatic.com – Is It a Virus? (Update July 2019)

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What is Gstatic? Is Gstatic.com a malicious website? Is Gstatic.com related to a virus or other malware?

Gstatic.com is a domain service owned and operated by Google. Gstatic is not a virus. You might see pop-ups from security software about Gstatic.com or inside your browser because of the way the service operates. To explain further, the Gstatic domain has been created by Google to deliver static content (such as JavaScript code, images and CSS) to a different domain name in an effort to reduce bandwidth usage and increase network performance for you, the end user.


SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in March 2019. But we gave it an update in July 2019.

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NameGstatic
TypeService
Short DescriptionGstatic is a service, developed by Google to help users with loading content faster.
SymptomsNotifications about the Gstatic.com domain and other sub-domains can show up in your browsers or from a false positive by an overly-protective security program.
DeveloperGoogle LLC

Gstatic.com – What Is It and Is It a Virus?

Gstatic.com is one of many services that are owned and operated by Google LLC. Gstatic is not a virus or any other malware. You might see pop-ups from security software about Gstatic or inside your browser because of the way the Gstatic responds to requests sent by browsers. Gstatic has been created by Google to deliver static content (such as JavaScript code, images and CSS) to a different domain name that is without cookies in an effort to reduce bandwidth usage and increase network performance for visitors. When the browser makes a request for a static image and sends cookies together with the request, the server doesn’t have any use for those cookies. So they only create network traffic for no good reason. You should make sure static components are requested with cookie-free requests.

Many websites claim that Gstatic is a virus, but these claims are old and not relevant. From a few false positives, many have tried to exploit this and scare the public into thinking that Gstatic is a virus, which is untrue.

That is why the need for creating a sub-domain existed, resulting in the creation of Gstatic. You can even check the domain owner yourself at any service that provides information about domains, such as Whois.com and see that it is not a virus.

The following subdomains are also connected to Gstatic and owned by Google:

  • fonts.gstatic.com
  • maps.gstatic.com
  • csi.gstatic.com
  • metric.gstatic.com
  • accounts.gstatic.com
  • mail.gstatic.com
  • ssl.gstatic.com

These domains and sub-domains of the Gstatic service are definitely not related to malware, but it is understandable that if they are loading images and other content, the browser would make requests to them and they might take time to load or return some error or show a message in the browser. Anti-virus software has listed Gstatic before in databases, but it has already come to light, that this was a false positive.

In case you worry about having a virus or other malware on your computer that might have taken the name Gstatic or another one, you can always try scanning your system with an anti-malware tool that will detect and remove any threats found present. With such a security tool, your PC will stay protected and it will prevent any threats from compromising your system.

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Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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